Friday, April 28, 2006

Pombo Challenge

I guess I am in a writing mood. So, here is another. As you know, I told everyone before that I am supporting McCloskey's bid to unseat Pombo in the primary. So, here is what I am going to committ to and I challenge everyone else who reads this blog to do the same.

Between now and June 6, I will get 1 person per day in my precinct to agree to work for McCloskey and against Pombo. (I know that some of you will substititue McNerney or Filson or Thomas etc. for McCloskey).

I will also get 10 people each day to committ to voting for McCloskey in the primary. We don't have much time, as early voting starts May 8.

Who else will make such a committement?

If I do this, I will get over 350 voters for McCloskey. How many will you get?



Anonymous Rick said...

I'll give McCloskey some credit:

- He is the first candidate who I've seen mailers from, which I might add, are of high quality

- He is the first candidate to have a public presence in my neck of the woods (his campaign RV was in Contra Costa County today)

- He has an appealing message: "Real Republican Values." Moreover, he has tapped into the widespread unease that has surrounded the use of eminent domain as a result of the Kelo v. New London Development Corp decision (which has the potentially to result in a lot bad public policy, but nonetheless is great politics).

I might need to revise my prediction that Pombo will get at least 80% of the primary vote.

8:34 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the eminent domain "nazi" in me wants to point out that the Kelo v. New London decision will have little practical consequence given CA state laws passed to obviate the constitutional decision re what constitutes "public good." Otherwise, for all the rest of you, this blog is an exercise in frustration, fueled by adrenaline. I have no connection to any 11th district campaign in particular (other than a palpable distaste for Pombo) and read comments because I posted once and thought it was kind of fun to see how the throes of campaign politics inflame the most banal of sentiments. Not that I expect this kind of remonstration to have any effect, but picking at every petty (or even more than petty) detail of comments directed at candidates or members of various political camps doesn't really seem to advance any of the reasons why a sane person would get into politics in the first place (unless you just really like talking shit). Don't you have a cause? Don't you have an agenda? I don't, which is why I don't work in campaign politics. But for those of you who do, guessing who said what about whom and whether that comment is substantiated or not on a blog focused only at the most dedicated of constituents, seems like a big waste of time. Go canvass your precinct or raise some money. Say no to Pombo by saying no to this ridiculous blog.

12:37 AM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Rick!

You're gonna give McCloskey some credit! What's next, saying something nice about McNerney?

And now, after saying for some time that "McCloskey doen't have a strategy for winning" (meaning he didn't think you or the bloggers were worthy of sharing it with), you concede Pombo may get <80%.

Very generous of you. Maybe there are other things McCloskey has in the works THAT YOU ALSO DON'T KNOW ABOUT that are gonna ensure Mr Pombo gets <50% of the vote. He is a scrappy fighter, and has probably forgotten more about campaigning than you or anyone on this blog will ever know. Your arrogance is exceeded only by your ignorance.

I guess my point is that I don't see McNerney slamming your boy Filson, nor do I see or hear that McCloskey is slamming ANY of the Dems. I see these guys slamming Pombo, ESPECIALLY McCloskey, and both seem to be getting better and better at it. McNerney's recent work on behalf of seniors and the phony Medicare drug plan is first rate.

In contrast, I see lame excuses for a PR from Filson that attempts to rebundle a "stale" AP story as "news", and an even lamer "share the stage event" with Wes Clark that reminds me of Dukakis waving from a tank. Why yes, that Steve Filson is sure standing up for veterans! Where have you been on this issue? It seems like all you did was repackage McCloskey's talking points on veterans and wave with Wes from a stage, just like you repackaged the stale AP story and tried to pass it off as a PR.

I guess I think that the only thing your campaign seems to be good at is leaving everyone pissed off in your single-minded goal to win at all costs without respect for any of the opposition forces that should be in this together.

Get a clue and turn your attention to Pombo. Keep saying good things about McCloskey, because if he does come up short against Pombo in June you may well be the first guy pandering up to him seeking his endorsement. Rumor is he puts country first, and just might do so again (as he did for John Kerry), rather than insisting on the bullshit-encrusted concept of "Party-loyalty" embraced most effectively by Tom DeLay and sadly far too many others posting on this blog.

And while it may be hard for you Rick, trying saying something nice about McNerney too. If for no other reason than you may well also be kissing up to his supporters and trying to enlist them to elect your guy - again should you be so lucky. McCloskey and McNerney are both good honorable men. So is Steve Thomas. Sadly, I cannot yet say the same thing re Filson and/or his campaign staff.

Whether you are Kellar or not is irrelevant to any of these points. Yes, this comes from someone who has a deep respect for both McCloskey and McNerney BECAUSE THEY HAVE EARNED IT. Not because they asked for it. Ponder that, and ponder what you should be doing for the rest of your time thru June 6th.

12:33 PM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger VPO said...

I want to thank Delta for this post. It has reminded of how talking person-to-person can make a huge difference. 1 talks to 10, those 10 talk to 10 others, those 100 talk to 10 others, well, you get the idea, pretty soon we have the whole district covered.

I know that it does not work that perfectly in reality, but even if just partially, there will be a lot more voters for your candidate than if you just sit there moaning and groaning about Pombo, or about Filson's ineptness, or something about McNerney, etc.

Bottom line, the voters will decide both in June and November -- those voters are the ones we need to convince, not each other. We all seem to have staked out some ground here, and are unlikely to change opinion anytime soon.

So go to work for you candidate, and let's see what the voters say at the polls.

6:02 PM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous rick said...

C'mon Anonymous, don't hold back, tell us what you really think.

9:28 PM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why the DC types will be right and McNerney will lose. while they pour thousands into Filsons race..... this is funny, you guys are turning your McNerdy volunteers over to the Republicans.

7:59 PM, April 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that Rick (Kellar) did not respond to a single one of the points raised by "anonymous."

That says more than anything! Perhaps they hit too close to home.

Good post anon!

11:43 PM, April 30, 2006  
Anonymous just wondering said...

How can anyone respond to anything here when there are so many anonymous posters.

Pick a gawddamn handle and stick with it. Quit being such chicken shits...will ya?

8:03 AM, May 01, 2006  

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